Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Anti-highway coalition on the cards

PETALING JAYA: The Say No to Kidex (SNTK) movement is working towards banding up with the Say No to Dash (SNTD) group in opposing two controversial highway projects in the Klang Valley.

SNTK committee member Mak Khuin Weng and SNTD chairman Owen Chen told FMT the two groups were already sharing ideas with regard to strategy although the collaboration had yet to be made official.
“We are working towards collaborating with each other, but nothing is official yet,” he said. “Currently, we are helping each other out.”

Kidex refers to the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway and Dash to the Damansara-Shah Alam Expressway.
Mak recently addressed an anti-Dash meeting of about 50 Petaling Jaya residents. He was there at the invitation of SNTD.
The proposed Dash highway will have 12 interchanges along its 20.1km length. It will cut through Damansara Perdana and Mutiara Damansara and, in Chen’s words, “disturb the peace” of the affected residents.
Chen said the main concerns of the two groups were similar in that the authorities were approving both projects without first consulting affected residents and without disclosing relevant documents.
He alleged that soil testing was being carried out in secret, indicating that the construction of Dash would begin soon.
He said this was despite a petition against the project having been submitted to the Malaysian Highway Authority and other agencies. The petition bore 5,000 signatures, he added.
He said SNTD was planning to put up banners and posters along the PJU8/1 road to warn against manipulation of surveys.
Owen also said Subang MP R Sivarasa and Bukit Lanjan Adun Elizabeth Wong had pledged their support to SNTD.